South Florida pool drowing is a leading cause of death for small children
Gregg Hollander | May 26, 2010 | Premise Liability
More children die as a result of swimming pool accidents in Florida than anywhere else in America. It is the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 4. And for every child that drowns, four will be seriously injured as a result of a Florida swimming pool accident.
Swimming pool drownings are tragic cases. Seeking the advice of an experienced Florida child injury attorney is critical. No amount of compensation can bring back a child. But in the case of a child’s death or serious injury in a pool accident, a personal injury or wrongful death claim should be filed against the property owner’s insurance carrier.
In response to the tragic number of Florida drowning cases, The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is launching its national Pool Safety Campaign right here in South Florida. The campaign kicked off this week at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex, CBS 4 reported.
In Lee County, advocates are launches a companion campaign to reduce the number of pool drownings in Fort Myers and Cape Coral, The News-Press reported.
Each year, an average of 385 pool- or spa-related deaths occur to children under 15, according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission.
In 2008, Broward County led the state with 8 drowning deaths. Lee County had six swimming pool deaths.
Pool Safety Tips
-Install an isolation fence around your pool (The law requires this for most swimming pools in Florida).
-Designate someone to supervise children around a swimming pool.
-Never consider a child to be safe around water, regardless of his or her skills.
-Floaties, and other inflation devices are not life jackets and should not be substituted for supervision.
-Toys and other tripping hazards should be kept clear of the pool area.
-Remove anything obstructing a clear view of the pool from the house.
-Remove covers before using a pool. Children can become entrapped in pool or spa covers.
Source: Adapted from information provided by the Lee County Health Department